Legal Assistance Service
The Legal Assistance Service is funded from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Programme. The aim of this specialist team is to improve relationships with stakeholders and to offer intensive legal assistance to service users going through civil or criminal proceedings. The development work within the service enhances and builds links with agencies and service users, promoting Staying Put's services and raising awareness of domestic abuse. We deliver training to other professionals and promote service user engagement.
The primary role of the Legal Assistance team is to support women through the court process, with both short- and long-term work. The service offers legal information and supports women to gain orders through the civil courts to help keep them safe. If a woman is not eligible for free Legal Aid, Staying Put can support her to apply for orders by representing herself at court. The Legal Assistance team also supports women at criminal court, before, during and just after the trial. As with all of Staying Put's work, the emphasis is on keeping women safe.